Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy

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Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy, the 16th largest economy in the world.

He’s also a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and is a regular fill-in host on Southern California Pubic Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two.

Bergman has reported extensively on L.A.’s housing affordability problem, the city’s consideration of a higher minimum wage, the NFL’s possible return to the area, and the cable dispute that has kept most of Southern California unable to see games on TV.

He was previously KPCC's Orange County Reporter, where he covered the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the Christopher Dorner manhunt.

Before joining KPCC in 2012, Bergman was a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition, both in Washington D.C., and at NPR West in Culver City.

He has been a producer for some of the most recognizable voices in radio — Renee Montagne, Steve Inskeep, Susan Stamberg, and Linda Wertheimer. He has produced interviews with everyone from The Dalai Lama (three times) to Ben Stiller to Ben Affleck. Bergman was also the Morning Edition anchor at Aspen Public Radio in Colorado.

Bergman has also written for "Time Magazine" and "The New York Times" and was a reporting intern at "The Times."

Originally from Seattle, Bergman graduated cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in politics.

In his free time, Bergman enjoys tennis, fitness, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Bergman is based at NPR West in Culver City.

Stories by Ben Bergman

USC football: A delicate dance to keep big donors happy

USC introduced new football coach Steve Sarkisian to members of the media Tuesday. To succeed he will have to not only win over reporters – but also big donors.

Can coach Sarkisian restore a Trojans football dynasty?

Steve Sarkisian has been chosen to lead the USC Trojans, the school announced Monday. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has quit.

USC vs UCLA: The backstory on LA's classic college rivalry

The two schools are neck and neck in the Pac-12, with UCLA ranked 22nd and USC ranked 23rd. Both coaches have a lot to prove in the rivalry game at the LA Coliseum.

NFL RedZone: Friend or foe to broadcast networks?

"The networks didn't want RedZone and I think it remains something they worry about every single year," said a former NFL executive.

NFL Redzone: Why watch one game when you can watch eight?

RedZone cuts between every Sunday NFL game, showing every scoring play. “People tell us they get the impression they’re almost watching something they shouldn’t be.”

Investor Daniel Loeb thrusts Sony cost-cutting into the spotlight

Daniel Loeb didn’t attend Sony’s first-ever “entertainment investor day”, but his campaign to break up the company was very much at issue during the Culver City event.

Deal to purchase Riverside Press-Enterprise finally closes

A deal that appeared in jeopardy has finally been completed. The parent company of the OC Register has purchased The Press-Enterprise in Riverside.

UPDATE: Sony to cut $250M, reduce slate of films and lay off employees

Top management said to expect other cost-cutting measures in comments made during a Sony Pictures Entertainment investor conference in Culver City.

Taxis vs ride-share: One cabbie's view of the industry's transformation

Taxi driver Frances Nazarian loves her job and argues for preserving the taxicab industry — even though her sister loves competing services such as Uber. "I was so pissed," she says.

Flying out of LAX? New company lets you rent out your car

What if instead of paying to park your car at the airport, someone paid you to leave it there? That’s the idea behind a new company founded by teenagers.

Magic Johnson hosting Obama at LA fundraiser

Magic Johnson and his wife will host Obama at a reception, before the president heads to billionaire Haim Saban's Beverly Hills estate for a fundraising dinner.

Councilman raises questions about LAX shooting evacuation

Los Angeles city councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes the airport, asks why passengers were left without information for so long after Friday's shooting.

LAX shooting: FBI searches home; wounded TSA agent speaks

Victims of Friday's shooting and the suspected shooter's family gave prepared statements on Monday, expressing their condolences and relating their experiences of the attack.

LAX shooting update: Focus on shooter's background and motive

Two days after a shooting at LAX resulted in the death of a TSA agent and injuries to several others, airport officials said they'll be reviewing security procedures. Meanwhile, the suspected shooter's background and motive

LAX Shooting: Suspected shooter Ciancia could face death penalty

The official complaint by the federal government against suspected shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia was filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in California. He could face the death penalty for killing TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, pictured above.